Gardena High School Shooting Suspect Sentenced to Youth Camp
Lawyers say LAUSD "failed miserably" in protecting students.
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The unidentified teenager will also be placed on probation until age 21, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Prosecutors says the teenager was on probation for a misdemeanor battery charge when he carried a loaded 9 mm Beretta semiautomatic handgun in his backpack to Gardena High School in January.
"When he allegedly reached inside the backpack to get something to eat, the gun discharged a single bullet," according to a prosecution statement.
Earlier police reports had said the gun went off when the boy dropped the backpack on his desk.
The bullet struck a 15-year-old boy in the neck before hitting a 15-year-old girl in the side of the head, officials said.
The mother of the wounded boy, Trendell Gholar, plans to sue the school district.
Lawyers from The Cochran Firm released a statement saying the Los Angeles Unified School District "failed miserably" in protecting students by failing to conduct random weapons searches daily, as its policy calls for.
This wasn't the first shooting incident at Gardena High School.
In early 2002, two students were seriously wounded in a campus shooting during a botched robbery.
In that incident, three students confronted a fellow student between classes outside a restroom and demanded money.
When the student said he didn't have any and turned to walk away, he was shot in the back.
Another student, a bystander, was also hit.
The wounded students later recovered.